“But she said, ‘I swear by the lord your God that I don’t have a single piece of bread in the house. And I have only a handful of flour left in the jar and a little cooking oil in the bottom of the jug. I was just gathering a few sticks to cook this last meal, and then my son and I will die.’”
1 Kings 17:12
During a famine in Israel, God sent Elijah to Zarephath to be fed by a certain widow. Her response to Elijah’s request for “a bite of bread” sounds familiar:
“I have only a handful of flour left in the jar…”
“I have a little cooking oil in the bottom of the jug…”
If it feels like you too are scraping the bottom of the barrel, hear Elijah’s response to the widow. Instead of criticizing her dilemma, he said, “Don’t be afraid!” Those are the exact words Jesus spoke to people in crisis. Our Father understands that troubled hearts first need peace!
That peace enabled the woman to hear the Truth, “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel says…” Before receiving promises she needed to know WHO was speaking those promises: the LORD—the great I AM, and the God of Israel—Elohim, the Strong Creator.
There are always two parts to the miracle equation: ME and my little handful plus GOD and His big handful. If my focus is on the "I have only" side of the equation, of course I will live in fear. But my Loving God says, “Don’t be afraid!” because HE is the other side of the equation!
HIS hand is FULL of unending resources, just waiting to become miracles!
Will I focus on MY handful or GOD’s handful?